George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas McKean, 18 August 1781

Head Quarters near Dobbs’ Ferry Augst 18. 1781


Congress having, in their late Regulations respecting promotion, pointed out certain districts in which Battalion Officers are to be promoted to the rank of Brigadrs by seniority—the senior Colonels in those Districts who suppose themselves, in consequence of that Resolution, entitled to succeed as Brigadiers to the command of the Brigades which are now Vacant, are anxious respecting their present situation—Frequent applications have been made by the General Officers on that subject—and I have engaged to represent the state of the Matter to Congress.

I have also thought proper to forward to your Excellency the enclosed representation made on the same subject by the General & Feild Officers of the Connecticut & Rhode Island Lines; and beg leave to submit to Congress the propriety & expediency of making the appointments in the several Districts in which there are vacancies; agreeably to the plan prescribed in their act of the 25th of May last. I have the honor to be.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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